A warning has been issued to dog walkers today (February 7) after the discovery of yet more palm oil on Thanet beaches .
An alert has been put out on social media and the Thanet council website and warning notices have been put up along the coastline.
There have been reported sightings at Botany Bay and St Mildred’s Bay.
Palm oil deposits, which are white lumpy substances, have been occurring more frequently following winter storms over the last couple of years, and may be better described as ‘mineral and vegetable oils’ – as palm oil is only one type.
Palm Oil is toxic to dogs. The yellow/white boulders of congealed oil smell similar to diesel. The high toxin count of the oil leads to vomiting and diarrhoea and can be fatal.
If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, contact your vet as soon as possible.
Thanet council monitors the isle’s beaches and will remove the substance from affected areas when detected.
Council officers are currently inspecting Thanet’s coastline and cleansing teams have been alerted should there be any deposits.
If anyone comes across what they expect to be palm oil or any other harmful substance, please contact the council with as much information as possible – location, photo, size/quantity, and if it has been removed from the beach.
Any sightings should be reported to the council on 01843 577000.